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Honey Mustard Dressing

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This Honey Mustard Dressing is so good you’ll want to put it on all your delicious salads and use it for dipping too! It’s creamy and delicious and tangy and all the perfect words all in one spoonful.


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Oh my goodness have I got the dressing for you. Honey mustard salad dressing recipe is perfectly creamy with that yummy tangy flavor of the mustard and lemon, and delightful sweetness of the mustard.

I love that this recipe only takes 5 ingredients. And honestly, you’ve probably already got them on hand!

I also love that homemade honey mustard dressing is so much better than store bought. With no preservatives or unknown ingredients, you can feel good about serving it to your family.

This great recipe is also delightfully simple. No complicated steps. No overnight marinating. You can eat it right away.

And let me tell you… this is the best salad dressing. I mean it. It’s so delicious I can never keep it in the fridge because my husband and kids gobble it up!


honey, lemon juice, dijon mustard and yellow mustard added to a bowl, unmixed


What is Honey Mustard Dressing?

Whoever first thought of pairing honey with mustard was a genius. Honestly!

Honey is perfectly sweet but also naturally so. It’s not gritty like regular white sugar when mixed and not overly sweet like maple syrup.

When combined with the tanginess of mustard, it’s the perfect mixture of zesty and lovely.

So naturally, honey and mustard have been combined in a lot of different ways.

One of the most popular is as a BBQ sauce, but it’s also been made into a dressing.

Honey mustard dressing can be used on salads or as a dipping sauce for veggies.

And once you start eating it, you just can’t stop!

What Ingredients are in Honey Mustard Dressing?

Classic honey mustard dressing is made with only a handful of ingredients and that’s a great thing!

  • Lemon Juice: This not only helps preserve the dressing but also gives a great flavor!
  • Honey: Any sort of honey you have will work!
  • Mustard: You need both Dijon mustard and yellow mustard to get the right depth of flavor.
  • Mayonnaise: The mayo is what gives this honey Dijon mustard dressing it’s creamy base.

Pro Tip: Use fresh lemon juice instead of lemon juice concentrate whenever possible. It has a better flavor profile.


mayonnaise added to honey mustard combination


How to Make Honey Mustard Dressing

This homemade dressing is so easy to make it’s sure to quickly become one of your favorite dressings. You may even wish you had made a double batch!

  1. Heat: You’ll need to quickly heat the lemon juice and the honey being careful not to overcook.
  2. Add: Add the mustard and mayo and it’s ready to use!

Pro Tip: If you’re not eating the dressing right away be sure to keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Does Honey Mustard Dressing Have Dairy?

This recipe for honey mustard salad dressing is naturally dairy free.

Lemon juice, honey, Dijon mustard, and yellow mustard are all naturally dairy free.

Mayonnaise is almost always dairy free also but you’ll want to double check yours just to be sure.

Is Honey Mustard a Salad Dressing?

Absolutely! Honey mustard is a delicious salad dressing. It’s also the perfect dipping sauce.

Try pairing honey-mustard dressing with:


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How to Make Honey Mustard Dressing Without Vinegar

It’s really very simple to make honey mustard salad dressing and dipping sauce without vinegar!

Just follow the recipe below and you’ve got yourself a nice creamy dressing with no vinegar.

Although vinegar can be delicious in dressings, I like that this dressing is so creamy.

When you add vinegar, you’ll find the dressing to be much more tangy and less creamy as it’s often paired with olive oil as well.

Though that’s still yummy, I find my kids will eat the creamy dressing much more than the honey mustard vinaigrette kind of dressings.

Probably because the dressings remind them of Ranch dressing!

Is Honey Mustard Dressing Gluten Free?

Yes! This honey mustard dipping sauce is naturally gluten free.

Lemon juice, honey, Dijon mustard, yellow mustard, and mayonnaise are all mostly gluten free.

However, whenever it comes to condiments, it’s best to double check.

Some brands will add wheat flour to their products as a thickener.

If they do so, they must state it in their ingredients list as those with celiac will need to avoid it.

So if you’re concerned, be sure to check your ingredients list.


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Is Honey Mustard Dressing Healthy?

Absolutely! Honey mustard salad dressing is one of those healthy recipes for homemade salad dressings.

Made with simple ingredients, it’s an easy recipe to get all your daily values in.

Honey is a delicious and natural sweetener that is easier on a lot of people’s bodies to process.

Lemon juice is really good for you and your body will love the extra dose of Vitamin C.

Mustard is also full of Vitamin C, fiber, protein, and B-complex vitamins.

And even mayonnaise is full of healthy vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E, and K.

So you can feel good when you eat this mustard honey dressing knowing that you’re giving your body so many of the things it needs.

How to Store Leftover Honey Mustard Dressing

Store any leftover honey mustard dressing in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge.

The honey mustard sauce will last for up to one week.


bowl of honey mustard dressing with a spoon scooping some out.


More Recipes with Honey You’ll Love…


Honey Mustard Dressing is a quick and easy dressing that’s chock full of nutrition.

It’s simple to make, delicious to eat, and perfect for meal prep all your favorite salads. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Yield: 4 Servings

Honey Mustard Dressing

bowl of honey mustard dressing with a spoon scooping some out.

This Honey Mustard Dressing is so good you’ll want to put it on all your delicious salads and use it for dipping too! It’s creamy and delicious and tangy and all the perfect words all in one spoonful.

Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes


  1. Place lemon juice and honey in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Cook for 1 minute and stir well.
  3. Add Dijon and yellow mustard and mix well.
  4. Add mayonnaise.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to use

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 420mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

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Wednesday 16th of August 2023

Loving this recipe, thank you for sharing! At the moment I have an abundance of lemons and honey. Do you think this dressing could be preserved for use later by making it and then sealing into jars by a water bath? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated..


Thursday 28th of September 2023

Unfortunately to my knowledge mayonnaise cannot be canned. Because this is a mayonnaise recipe, I would pass on that. However if you find differing answers, let me know.

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